Old West Vignettes: Massacre at Dragoon Springs

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5y Jun 20, 2016

During the completion of the construction of the Dragoon Springs stage stop in September of 1858, 3 men were brutally attacked in their sleep leaving 1 of them dead and 2 dying.

The murderers then turned their weapons on the one remaining man: Silas St. John.

St. John turned out to be more than they bargained for.
This is the heroic tale of Silas St. John: "Of His Stuff the West Was Made."

In 1862 a battle occurred at this same location between CSA soldiers and Apache warriors, that video is here:

For more about this topic, check out these books:
A Historical Guide To The Mormon Battalion and Butterfield Trail - Dan Talbot
The Butterfield Overland Mail 1857-1869 - Conkling, Roscoe and Margaret


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